432 Jackson Street At Balance Street
The Yeon Building is in the Jackson Square Historic District.
Its provenance is disputed. The Tremont Hotel perhaps stood here in 1855. The
1906 Earthquake and Fire either severely damaged or destroyed the hotel. The building
we see today may incorporate the foundation and other bits of the hotel, or it may have
been built from scratch in 1906.
According to Olmstead and Robins in Here Today: San Francisco's Architectural Heritage,
the building dates from 1865 and may have housed the first French Consulate in San Francisco:
In keeping with this romantic flavor, its later tenants included Ina Coolbrith, port laureate
of California, and a school of languages conducted by a Professor J. Mibielle. Further, Balance
Street, which flanks one side of the building, was named for the Balance, a Gold Rush
ship which ended her last voyage landlocked forever by the encroaching wharves and streets of the
growing city....Olmstead and Robbins
The French Consulate may have also occupied two other buildings in this block in the 19th Century,
the Solari Building West and the Solari Building East.